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Addiction Prevention: 34 Essential Lesson Plans for Educators

Addiction is a prevalent problem in our society. News stories about celebrities dying from heroin and other drug overdoses are common. Corey Monteith from the widely popular television series, Glee, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, a well-known star appearing in many prominent films, are just two of many Hollywood stars who have died recently – both allegedly from heroin overdoses, both who struggled with addiction for years.

Alternative Treatments for Addiction

Covers alternative addiction treatments such as acupuncture, hypnotherapy and ibogaine to treat addiction.

Traditional addiction treatments, such as 12-step programs, have been highly successful for a lot of people. But there are some who just can't find success with these programs, no matter how much they want to stop drinking, doing drugs, smoking cigarettes, etc.

Drug Prevention 4 Teens

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, Inc. (SPTS) is committed to reducing the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through educational training programs. Through our passionate commitment to the value of life, SPTS has based its philosophy in the effectiveness of evidence-based and Best Practices suicide prevention strategies, all while upholding a dedication to removing public stigma about suicide and the conviction that accurate information and education can save lives.

Teen Depression - A Guide for Parents

Teenage depression isn’t just bad moods and the occasional melancholy—it’s a serious problem that impacts every aspect of a teen’s life. Teen depression can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, self-loathing and self-mutilation, pregnancy, violence, and even suicide. But as a concerned parent, teacher, or friend, there are many ways you can help. Talking about the problem and offering support can go a long way toward getting your teenager back on track.

ZocDoc Search for Mental Health Service Providers

Managing your healthcare is easier than ever before with ZocDoc. Just search for a doctor in your insurance network, see available times, and book an appointment on the spot! You can read real doctor reviews from other patients, see the doctor’s background and education, view photos of the office, and more. It’s simple, secure, and free!


Connecticut Clearinghouse

Statewide library and resource center for information on substance use and mental health disorders, prevention and health promotion, treatment and recovery, wellness and other related topics. Collection includes books, videos, curricula, pamphlets, fact sheets and posters on youth suicide prevention and related topics.

CT Department of Public Health Injury Prevention Program

The DPH Injury Prevention Program was established in 1993 to coordinate and expand prevention and control activities related to intentional (assault and self-inflicted) and unintentional (motor vehicle-related, poisoning, falls etc.) related injuries. Contact for assistance with injury related data and resources. DPH facilitates the Interagency Suicide Prevention Network (ISPN). ISPN agencies, individuals and others worked collaboratively to produce the Connecticut Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Plan. (Download the plan in PDF)

Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services - EMPS

Dial 2-1-1
24-hour, 365 days per year, crisis intervention service for children and youth in crisis. EMPS Counselors are immediately available in person or by phone to help resolve a behavioral or emotional crisis wherever help is needed. 2-1-1 is a toll-free, confidential service connecting people to the health and human services they need.

Mental Health Association of Connecticut

A statewide, private, non-profit agency dedicated to the promotion of mental health, the prevention of mental illness, and improved care and treatment of persons with mental illnesses. Programs and services include: a statewide toll-free telephone number providing Connecticut residents with referrals to mental health clinics and private practitioners; informational pamphlets; and support groups.

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Connecticut

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Connecticut is affiliated with the nation’s leading grassroots family and consumer organization – the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI-CT provides support, education and advocacy for
thousands of people in recovery, their family members, friends, professionals and the public at large.

Poison Control

Maintains a 24 hour hotline that provides information about medication, drugs and household chemicals that have been ingested.

United Way of Connecticut Infoline

Dial 2-1-1
24-hour crisis line, as well as information and referral on all social services/health related programs statewide. Provides training to students, faculty/staff, and parents on suicide prevention.

Youth Suicide Advisory Board

The membership of Connecticut Youth Suicide Advisory Board (YSAB) is comprised of Departments of Children & Families, Public Health, Education, Mental Health & Addiction Services, Court Support Services Division, Office of the Child Advocate, volunteers, and community agency representatives. The primary goal of YSAB is to prevent suicide among children and youth.


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

AACAP is a professional medical organization comprised of child and adolescent psychiatrists dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by mental, behavioral and developmental disorders.

American Association of Suicidology

AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers. In addition, AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

AFSP is dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those affected by suicide.

The Jed Foundation

The Jed Foundation is a New York-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to reduce the suicide rate among college and university students, across the United States.

National Center for Injury Prevention & Control

NCIPC works to reduce morbidity, disability, mortality, and costs associated with injuries. Provides fact sheets and data resources.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

800.950.NAMI (6264)
NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases.

Mental Health America

Formerly known as national Mental Health Association, Mental Health America is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illness through advocacy, education, research and service.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

SPRC provides states, government agencies, private organizations, colleges and universities, and suicide survivor and mental health consumer groups with access to the science and experience that can support their efforts to develop programs, implement interventions, and promote policies to prevent suicide.
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